Lifeguards Doubt Sunset Cliffs Shark Sighting

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    Spencer Thornburg
    The area of Thursday's report was situated between two popular surf spots.

    An hour after a tourist reported seeing a shark off Point Loma, lifeguards said they do not consider the report to be a confirmed shark sighting.

    Around 9 a.m. Thursday, San Diego police officers said they received a call reporting a dorsal fin spotted in the 1200-block of Sunset Cliffs.

    A Kentucky woman, here visiting her sister and brother-in-law, was looking out at the ocean when she spotted a dorsal fin making a wake.

    She asked a man standing nearby to check out the fin with his binoculars and they followed the fin as it moved around one area "quite a ways" off shore she said.

    The area is in between two popular surf locations. Close to an hour after the reported sighting, surfers were still in the water.

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    After previous sightings, lifeguards told NBC 7 San Diego that it's standard procedure to shut down a beach for one mile in both directions after confirmation of a shark sighting.

    Lifeguards patrolled the area in a boat however as of 10:30 a.m., lifeguards said they were not treating the report as a confirmed shark sighting because it was spotted by a tourist who was a half mile away.

    The Sunset Cliffs sighting was the fourth report of a shark off San Diego's coast since Mission Beach was closed last week.

    Timeline:

    Aug. 25: Lifeguards closed a two-mile portion of Mission Beach after one lifeguard spotted what may have been a great white shark about 100 yards off shore.

    Aug. 26: A second shark sighting in two days shut down Mission Beach after a longtime surfer spotted a dorsal fin measuring about 14 inches.

    Aug. 31: Two boogie boarders were among those who reported a shark near the La Jolla Children's Pool. A two-mile stretch from Hospital Point to Emerald Cove, including La Jolla Cove was closed.

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